Spain’s La Liga partners with Amazon to create new on-demand documentary series
We’ve seen teams partner with on-demand streaming services to create documentary series which take fans behind the scenes of the club. Now we’re about to see a league do the same thing.
After Netflix released First Team: Juventus last month, and after Amazon’s partnership with Manchester City, the online retailer will take that one step further and produce a documentary series about an entire league, Spain’s La Liga.
The docuseries, called Six Dreams, will be a Spanish-language output following players, coaches and even a club official from some of the league’s teams over the course of a season. The said ‘six dreams’ are those of three players – Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid, Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao and Andres Guardado of Real Betis – and those of former Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo, Girona sporting director Quique Carcel and Eibar’s President, Amaia Gorostiza.
This promises to be immersive in a similar way to the clubs’ offerings, but perhaps giving a wider understanding of the inner workings of football in Spain: including players from different clubs will give a sense of the differences between each club, one from the north, one from the south, and one from the centre of the country, as well as three teams at different ends of the league. With the perspectives of a manager, a sporting director and a president, too, Six Dreams is an ambitious project.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) March 6, 2018
Indeed, according to reports, the documentary series will follow its subjects around the 2017/18 season, which will make for an interesting watch: both Bilbao and Atletico Madrid have had up and down seasons both in European competition and in La Liga, whilst Girona have had an unexpectedly brilliant debut season in the top flight. Real Betis have been one of the most entertaining teams in Europe, their matches regularly ending with high scorelines (they haven’t had a 0-0 draw in well over a year) and Eduardo Berizzo started the season with Sevilla before being diagnosed with prostate cancer, inspiring his team to come back from 3-0 down against Liverpool in the Champions League, recovering from illness to return to the bench and then being sacked days before Christmas.
More and more, we’re seeing clubs get into the content creation game, but leagues certainly have the chance to showcase the thrills and spills of their entire season in a way that most clubs don’t. Whilst teams will have interesting moments throughout the season, a league will probably have such moments every week given there are so many teams involved.
With the cameras present at some of the league’s most interesting clubs this season, we might well see a documentary well worth watching.
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